Statistical Physics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Class on Statistical Physics

Published Jan 30, 2009

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Explore probability and its pertinence to classical and quantum mechanics with 'Statistical Physics II,' an OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free course surveys these concepts and statistical topics related to thermodynamics. This undergraduate course is recommended for individuals pursing a Bachelor of Science in Physics.

Statistical Physics II: Course Specifics

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Statistical Physics II: Course Description

This course is a continuation of the material covered in 'Statistical Physics I' and relates statistical concepts to classical and quantum mechanics. This OpenCourseWare begins by examining statistical ensembles, the Ising model and phase transition. Students also investigate quantum ideal gases, including Bose gas and Fermi gas. Thermodynamic concepts are also part of the course curriculum, such as thermal fluctuations. Professor Xiao-Gang Wen presents this course in lecture format and includes notes for every topic. Problem set homework assignments are also provided. In addition to 'Statistical Physics I,' the course website includes 'Quantum Physics II' on its list of recommended prerequisites.

Homework assignments and detailed lecture notes are available online as free downloads. More information can be found at the Statistical Physics course home page.

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